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Graphics Card - ATI Radeon HD4850

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December 19, 2009 11:17:57 PM

Hey,

I was wondering if there is a major difference between the brands of Radeon products, namely the 4850. On newegg there are different brands such as

Powercolor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Visiontek
VisionTek 900287 Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

and ive seen others like MSI and Sapphire. Some of the price differences are almost $100, can anyone tell me if one brand is significantly better or what exactly the differences are... any other info would be nice, brands that are reputable or brands to stay away from. Thanks for any help, happy holidays to all!!
December 19, 2009 11:25:23 PM

Ah also one other question. I wanted to buy the 1gb version, I was wondering if there is a big perforance difference between the 2, or if the 4870 512mb would be worth shooting for. Again, any and all help appreciated - thanks!

Scott
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December 20, 2009 12:03:57 AM

You will benefit more from the 1 GB version if you are gaming on high resolutions. If not, then the 512 MB is fine. Of course the 4870 is better than the 4850 no matter how much memory the latter has.

You could also consider the newer 5XXX series card depending on how much you would like to spend.

As for brands, I own a Sapphire HD 4850 and knock on wood it's been phenomenal. Running it on 675 MHz from 625 MHz without any problems. Other good brands include MSI and XFX, but it may be hard to find a big choice these days since the 4850s are becoming "old technology".
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December 20, 2009 12:14:31 AM

xserver - thanks for the info

I built a $700 rig so price is certainly a factor. That being said, i found this deal

http://cgi.ebay.com/POWERCOLOR-AX5770-1GBD5-MDHV2-Radeo...

and the price is about 20 dollars more than I was going to pay for the 4850...I will be playing on a monitor no bigger than 21inches, is this overkill? I am going for the best bang for the buck right now, but now this 5770 is tempting me, only thing is its "5 days used"...any thoughts?
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December 20, 2009 1:09:05 AM

If you are going to use a 21 inch monitor, go for the 5770 no doubt. For that resolution the 4850 is not overkill.

As for it being used, the seller is offering 7 day return and POWERCOLOR does provide warranties on their products.

Just make sure you test it as soon as you buy it, run some benchmarks on it, and make sure it's not defective ( I doubt).

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